The ADL is offering $10,000 reward for information in the heinous attack of a Monsey resident earlier this morning.
The victim, a 29-year-old father of four, was beaten and stabbed on his was to shul on 2 Howard Drive at 5:40 this morning.
The victim has been taken to Westchester Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is in critical condition. Everyone is asked to daven for Mordechai ben Brocha.
Police are still investigating the attack which was caught on security cameras that showed two men jumping out of a vehicle and assaulting the victim before tearing off. No motivation has been assigned to the attack, which may have been a hate crime.
Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said during a news conference at 12:30 p.m. that he could not speculate the motivation for the attack.
“At this point … I am not willing to say this is a hate crime,” Weidel said. He said that doesn’t mean it won’t be classified as a hate crime at some point, but he must follow the statute. A person’s religious affiliation “in and of itself does not necessarily mean we have a hate crime. We have to establish motivation and intent, and we’re just not there yet.”
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said the people of Rockland will say with one voice: “We will not tolerate any violence.” A former law enforcement official, Day said he had complete confidence in the Ramapo Police Department.
State Sen. David Carlucci said in a statement: “This act of violence is horrific and not reflective of our peaceful community. Violence or hate of any kind is never tolerated. I pray for the victim’s recovery and expect police will find the suspects and bring them to justice.”